Yes, I remember reading Hesse at a young and impressionable age.
It was about the same time that I was reading the Beat Buddhists - Kerouac, Whalen, Watts, Ginsberg, Snyder, etc.
I still have their pictures stuck to my wall.
Although one does need to be a bit selective when it comes to Beat Buddhists, reading these writers did, I think, help me to find my "space" in meditation.
I find traditional meditation instructions a bit too formal, but maybe that's just me.